Acupuncture for Auto-Immune

Acupuncture for Auto-immunity

Unfortunately, the past several years have seen an exponential rise in the number of patients coming in for acupuncture for auto-immune conditions. All auto immune conditions are characterized by inflammation at their source, which stems from an over-active immune system fighting its own body’s cells. Why this happens is up for much debate, but Chinese medicine has its own theories for how to treat it, which look more at the ways the disease is playing out in each person’s individual body, causing unique imbalances and symptoms, and caused by unique imbalances.  Because of the sudden pervasiveness of auto-immunity, along with how drastically these conditions take over people’s lives and the positive results I see in my patients; over the past several years I have become extremely interested and focused on auto-immunity, doing advanced studies and (basically being a little obsessed with) learning everything I can about auto-immunity.

Like with any other illness, as an acupuncturist I will take a thorough look at how it’s playing out in your body, which might be very different from how it’s playing out in another patient with the same diagnosis.  Obviously we need to calm down an overactive immune system, but at the same time we must nourish and build up the body so the immune system can still function where it needs to—to fight pathogens and disease.   The combination of acupuncture and herbs can be very successful at diminishing the symptoms associated with the disease, which means that balance is being restored to the body. A body in balance is a body less likely to have over or under-active functioning.

The western treatment plan of suppressing the immune system with steroids not only sets people up for other problems, but creates many other symptoms to go along with those directly associated with the disease.  Many believe, as I do, that the medicines used to treat auto-immunity are actually directly related to its progression.

To schedule an appointment now to start working with your auto-immunity, click here: online scheduling

Nutrition for Auto-immunity

One of the most important “non-acupuncture” approaches that needs to be taken is a look at nutrition.  Are you eating foods that are causing an allergic response, triggering your immune system into over-activity? Are you eating foods that your body reacts negatively to, causing chronic inflammation? Are you eating foods which, based on your Chinese medical diagnosis of imbalance, are the exact ones which will increase the imbalances that caused the disease in the first place?  Addressing nutrition can dramatically improve a patient’s symptoms and progression of their disease.

In some cases I will send patients to doctors with whom I work, who can order food sensitivities and possibly other necessary tests, to help us determine any potential food related issues.


Of course each patient is different, arriving in my office with a different history, lifestyle factors, and length of disease.  All these things will play into how a patient responds to treatment. Because of its complexity, auto-immune disease in general benefits the most from a multipronged approach, including acupuncture, herbs, supplements, and nutrition. The more a patient is willing to use every tool available, including lifestyle choices, the faster and more successful their treatment will be.

Coming to me for auto-immune illness is the best choice for those who are willing to be a part of the healing process—in other words, to look at lifestyle and dietary factors that could be pivotal for longterm health.  This is not like the western approach where you’re given a pill (or pills) and told to just live with it, and to continue everything you were doing before. For those willing to be a partner in their healing, treatment is generally very successful and I’m able to see a dramatic turnaround in people’s health.  Often people are able to completely stay off drugs for treatment, and to get back to their “pre auto-immune” lifestyle.

To schedule an appointment now to start working with your auto-immunity, click here: online scheduling